Christian Worship Texts c. 1900 - 2000 CE: Roman Catholic Communion

Liturgical Texts

Christian Initiation

Baptism of Infants

Ordo Baptismi [1962]

Rite for the Baptism of One Child [English translation; 1969]

Rite of Baptism for Children: Introduction (second edition) [English translation; 1 January 1973]

Rite of Baptism for Children [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Rite of Baptism for Children: Introductory Rites and Liturgy of the Word [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Rite of Baptism for Children: Liturgy of the Sacrament and Dismissal Rites [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Outline [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Period of Evangelization and Pre-Catechumenate [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Period of the Catechumenate [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Rite of Election [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Period of Purification and Enlightenment [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Scrutinies [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Presentations [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Easter Vigil Initiation [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1985]

Confirmation [1971]

Rite of Confirmation: Introduction [English translation for use in the USA; 1971]

Rite of Confirmation: Liturgy [English translation for use in the USA; 1971]

Eucharist

Ordo Missae of the Missale Romanum 1962 [parallel Latin-English texts]

Ordo Missae of the Missale Romanum 1970 [parallel Latin-English texts]

General Instruction on the Roman Missal [27 March 1975; fourth edition]

Documents relating to the 1975 General Instruction on the Roman Missal

General Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass  [21 January 1981; second edition]

General Instruction of the Roman Missal [2000; fifth edition]

Prayers of the Roman Missal [Opening Prayer, Prayer over the Gifts, and Prayer after Communion for Weeks 1 - 10 of MR1975: Latin texts, commentary, and Nixon-Pontissa English translation]

Eucharistic Prayers of the Roman Missal [Latin text of Eucharistic Prayer II with its proper Preface, the Latin text of the Eucharistic Prayer in the Apostolic Tradition and Nixon-Pontissa English translation / Latin text of Eucharistic Prayer III with Nixon-Pontissa English translation]

Penance / Reconciliation

Rite of Penance: Praenotanda [2 December 1974]

Rite of Penance: Introduction [English translation for use in the USA; 1974]

Rite of Penance: Form I Liturgy [English translation for use in the USA; 1974]

Rite of Penance: Form II Liturgy [English translation for use in the USA; 1974]

Rite of Penance: Form III Liturgy [English translation for use in the USA; 1974]
 

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick: Introduction [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1982]

Anointing of the Sick: Liturgy [English translation for use in the USA; 1972/1982]

Matrimony

Rite of Marriage During Mass [Ordo Celebrandi Matrimonium Sacramentum from the Missale Romanum 1962]
Rite of Marriage During Mass [Latin text and English translation; Ordo Celebrandi Matriumonium Intra Missam 19 March1969/Missale Romanum 1970]

Rite of Marriage: Introduction [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Rite of Marriage: Liturgy [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Ordination

Apostolic Constitution "Pontificalis Romani recognitio" approving new rites of ordination of deacons, priests, and bishops [18 June 1968]

Rite of Ordination of a Deacon [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Rite of Ordination of a Presbyter/Priest [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Rite of Ordination of a Bishop [English translation for use in the USA; 1969]

Liturgy of the Hours

Apostolic Constitution "Laudis Canticum" promulgating the revised book of the Liturgy of the Hours [1 November 1970]

General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours [1972; abridged; Roman Rite]

Sunday Vespers II employing the psalter of Week I according to the editio typica altera of the Liturgia Horarum iuxta ritum Romanum 1985 [rubrical instructions; both Latin and English texts with chants notated in square-notes on four-line staffs ]

Compline of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday [pdf format]

Tenebrae of Good Friday [pdf format]

Universalis: The Liturgy of the Hours [English texts of the Office of Readings / Morning Prayer / Evening Prayer / Night Prayer for each day]
 

Liturgical Year

General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar [14 February 1969; Roman Rite]
 

Liturgical Music

 

Liturgical Art

 

 

Papal Texts

Leo XIII [r.     -1903]: Mirae caritatis [28 May 1902; on the holy eucharist]

Pius X [r. 1903-1914]: Tra le sollecitudini [22 November 1903; on sacred music in the liturgy]

Pius XI [r. 1922-1939]: Quas primas [11 December 1925; on the feast of Christ the King]

Pius XII [r. 1939-1958]: Mystici Corporis Christi [29 June 1943; one, undivided, visible church, constituted organically and hierarchically and endowed with the means of sanctification, composed of individual members including sinners]

Pius XII: Mediator Dei [20 November 1947; the priestly mission of Jesus Christ is prolonged mainly by means of the sacred liturgy at the altar, through the sacraments, and through the Divine Office]

Pius XII: Musicae sacrae [25 December 1955; on the role of music in liturgy]

Paul VI [r. 1963-1978]: Sacram liturgiam [25 January 1964]

Paul VI: Mysterium fidei [3 September 1965]

Paul VI: Apostolic Constitution on Penance [1966]

Paul VI: On General Absolution [1972]

Paul VI: Apostolic Constitution on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick [30 November 1972]

Paul VI: Marialis cultus [2 February 1974]

John Paul II [r. 1978 -      ]: Domenicae Cenae [24 February1980; on the mystery and worship of the eucharist]

John Paul II: Dies Domini [12 August 1998; on keeping the Lord's Day]

John Paul II: On Liturgical Participation [March 1997]

Conciliar Texts

English translation of Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [4 December 1963]
 

Curial Texts

Congregation for Catholic Education

Congregation for Catholic Education: Instruction on Liturgical Formation in Seminaries [3 June 1979]

Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Liturgy -- work of the Holy Trinity / Celebrating the Church's Liturgy I / Celebrating the Church's Liturgy II
 

Congregation for the Clergy


Congregation for the Clergy: Opera artis [11 April 1971; on the care of the Church's historical and artistic heritage]
 

Congregation of Rites / for Divine Worship [and for the Discipline of the Sacraments]

Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments: Decree on First Communion [8 August 1910]

Congregation of Rites: De musica sacra [3 September 1958; instruction on sacred music and sacred liturgy]

Congregation of Rites: Inter Oecumenici [26 September 1964; first instruction on the proper implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy]

Congregation of Rites: Ecclesiae semper [7 March 1965; promulgation of rites of concelebration and of communion under both kinds]

Congregation of Rites: Musicam sacram [5 March 1967; implementation document on music in worship]

Congregation of Rites: Tres abhinc annos [4 May 1967; second instruction on the proper implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy]

Congregation of Rites: Eucharisticum Mysterium [25 May 1967; on worship of the eucharistic mystery]

Consilium for the Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy + Congregation for Divine Worship: Comme le prevoit [25 January 1969; instruction on translating liturgical texts into the vernacular]

Congregation for Divine Worship: En response a la demande [1969; letter to presidents of bishops' conferences granting permission for reception of communion in the hand]

Congregation for Divine Worship: Liturgicae Instaurationes [3 September 1970; third instruction on the proper implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy]

Congregation for Divine Worship: In celebratione Missae [7 August 1972; declaration on concelebration]

Congregation for Divine Worship: Eucharistiae Sacramentum [21 June 1973; promulgation of the rites for holy communion and worship of the Eucharist outside Mass]

Congregation for Divine Worship: Directory for Masses with Children [1 November 1973]

Congregation for Divine Worship: Voluntati obsequens [14 April 1974; on minimum repertoire of chant]

Congregation for Divine Worship: Dance in the Liturgy [Notitiae 11 (1975) 202-205]

Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship: Inaestimabile donum [3 April 1980; norms concerning the worship of the eucharistic mystery]

Congregation for Divine Worship: Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts [16 January 1988]

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: Inculturation and the Roman Liturgy [29 March 1994; fourth instruction on the proper implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy]

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: On the Orientation of the Priest at Mass [25 September 2000]

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Instruction on Infant Baptism [1980]

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Norms for the Translation of Biblical Texts for Use in the Liturgy [1995/1997]
 

Multiple Dicasteries

On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest [15 August 1997]
 

National Texts

United States of America

Appendix to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal for the Dioceses of the United States [1969]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Music in Catholic Worship [1972; rev. ed. 1983]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Introduction to the Second Edition of the Lectionary for Mass [21 January 1981]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Liturgical Music Today [1982]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Environment and Art in Catholic Worship [1978]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Commentary on the Revision of the Lectionary for Mass [1997]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Statement on the Authority of Environment and Art in Catholic Worship [1 June 1999]

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy: Built of Living Stones [2000]

General Roman Calendar with observances proper to the USA

Roman Catholic Lectionary for Mass [comparisons between the 1970 and 1998 USA editions and the 1992 Canadian lectionary]

Roman Catholic Bishops of Kansas: Pastoral Message on Sunday Communion without Mass [1995]
 

Scholarly Texts

Liturgical Theology

Romano Guardini: The Spirit of the Liturgy